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I have a sick relationship with s’mores, guys. I am fascinated with their crunchy, gooey, sweet goodness. I REQUIRE a steady supply of ingredients for them all summer long. I’ve spent stupid amounts of time gathering recipes for the very best s’mores, and I get CRAZY excited for the first fire pit burn of the summer because that opens s’mores season as well, but … I actually don’t like them. Seriously. Not a fan. I eat about one s’more per summer, and I’m done for the season.
I think that’s the reason I seek out the very best of S’mores recipes. I mean, if you’re only going to eat ONE PER SUMMER, it better be awesome, right? Anyways, whether you eat one or enough that you don’t want to count them, if you’re looking to up your s’mores game this summer, join me as I cry, “All Hail S’mores!”
So you say you’re still eating the graham cracker, marshmallow, Hershey bar variety? Oh, that’s cute, but times have changed since Girl Scout camp! These pins are about to blow your freaking mind! You’re welcome.
2. Two Ingredient S’mores – Amazing doesn’t have to mean difficult as proven by Let’s Dish. I tried this version last summer, and it’s pretty great! In fact, I keep these cookies out at every cookout throughout the summer just for s’mores! These travel pretty easily, too, so you could make s’mores anywhere! (Or, at least, AHEM, anywhere it’s legal to start a fire …)
3. Gourmet S’Mores Menu – So, yeah … apparently “gourmet s’mores” are a thing. I’ve never thought of my creations as gourmet, but right now I’m feeling like I have a fancy side I never even knew about. I’ve tried most of these varieties, and I just want to take this moment and thank Blush Puffs for preparing this awesome menu for us all. (Note: I’ve tried most of these ingredients … exactly none of them were labelled “All Natural Artisan” anything … Great ideas though.)
Plus a few ideas from my own backyard …
- Skip the Hershey bar … use Andes Mints instead. Seriously. Wow.
- Shove a Rolo inside your marshmallow before you toast it. This works best if you have Jumbo Marshmallows and a two-prong roasting stick because it gets a little heavy as the marshmallow melts. Doesn’t matter what kind of cracker/cookie you use. This is already heaven.
- Similar to the Grasshopper listed on the menu above, try a Peppermint Patty and a Marshmallow on Pretzel Chips. It cuts down on the sweetness a lot AND adds a salty element. HolycrapIwantwantnow!
S’mores Serving Ideas
Now that you’ve indulged in some serious s’mores goodness, it’s time to up your serving game. No more can you walk towards your camp fire with a brown paper bag full of store-packaged goodies. Oh no. Now you must create … the S’mores Bar.
1. This link is all about a woodland wedding, but in my opinion the Wedding Chicks knocked it out of the park with this idea. I probably wouldn’t go this far, but if you do and you invite me over, you’ll be my S’mores Superhero.
2. Behold, the S’mores Bar. I love the elegant picnic-vibe in the first pic from Your Home Based Mom. I dig the simplicity (and crazy cool firepit) in the second pic from … umm, Buzzfeed? (I chased that pic around for a while and couldn’t find a proper credit.) The third pic from Mommy and Things, though, is as Goldilocks would say, “Just right!”
3. A note on roasting sticks. There are a few camps here. Grab a stick from the woods … a little rustic for me. Unbend a wire hanger … a little someone’s-gonna-get-stabbed for my taste. Metal roasters can get hot quickly, but I’m a super fan of these Coghlan’s 9670 Telescoping Fork. Folds small for storage and has a wooden handle to that won’t get hot. Perfect.
A tip from my back yard? Do you have a divided veggie tray, three-part serving dish, or just a couple of cute bowls you can fill up with treats and toss on a tray? Yep, those look great and work just fine! A second tip? Skip the napkins. Bring out the wipes you keep in your diaper bag. This is sticky business.
It’s totally a thing … not a thing I’d normally go for, but these pins are so cool, they made it to my “Pins to Actually Attempt” list.
1. As I said above, I’m a fan of the telescoping s’more stick because they’re easier to store, but these Camping Roasting Sticks from Mel Designs are super cute and would look adorable sticking out of a basket or jar on the counter on non-s’more days.
3. Not exactly a craft but DEFINITELY requiring mention is the ultimate S’mores Silent Auction Basket. Ho-ly-crap! I want to make this for every school auction ever from now until the end of time. I’ll be the coolest PTA mom ever!
A Few S’mores Fun Facts
August 10th is National S’mores Day. Say what? How did I not know this?!? It’s on my calendar now. You should probably go write it down right now.
The first s’mores recipe was published in the 1920’s in the Girl Scouts handbook called, “Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts.” They didn’t invent the s’more (no one really knows who did), but I’m not surprised those industrious little ladies figured out a way to turn a buck on a tasty treat.
During World War II, the Hershey Company produced ration bars for the U.S. Army. For soldiers serving all over the world it was a sweet reminder of home. (Credit: www.hersheys.com.)
So there you have it. The best of the best in the world of S’Mores. Which way will YOU go … traditional or gourmet? Telescoping or rustic tree limbs? What’s YOUR favorite way to s’more?